Looking for momentum to propel them through the second half of the Big Ten schedule, the Wisconsin mens soccer team downed Marquette 2-1 on Wednesday in Madison. Early goals by forwards Phil Doeh and Matt Jelacic propelled the Badgers to their first victory over the Golden Eagles in nearly 10 years.
I feel were really fortunate to come away with the win, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. But I dont think we performed as well as were capable of, especially being a man up.
Wisconsin played with a one-man advantage from the 20th minute on, after Marquettes junior forward Danny Mullin was red-carded.
However, the Badgers did not need the help as both Wisconsin goals came before the penalty.
The Badgers first scored in the eighth minute when Doeh headed an attempted defensive clear over Golden Eagle goalkeeper Adam Ubert.
The second scoring drive started just four minutes later when junior midfielder Nick Van Sicklen took a cross from Jelacic. Van Sicklen passed the ball back to Jelacic who nailed it past an outstretched Ubert for the game-winning goal.
Jelacic made his first collegiate start on Wednesday, and the score was the first of his young career.
I thought we took those two chances in the first half really well, Rohrman said. We did a good job finishing off those chances.
Wisconsin took only five shots all game, with the two first-half attempts resulting in goals. Conversely, Marquette took 12 shots in the first half and had 15 overall.
Were happy to have the win, Rohrman said. But were definitely going to have to play a lot better on Sunday against Michigan.
The Badgers resume conference action on Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to face off against the Wolverines.
First Period: 3, UW, Phil Doeh (Unassisted), 7:57; Matt Jelacic (Nick Van Sicklen), 12:06;
MU, Matt Blouin (Brian Schnell), 34:13.
Second Period: None.
Saves: UW, Eric Hanson 5; MU, Adam Ubert 2.